A socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of nationwide and international conventions; exhibitions; and business, public, youth, sporting, and cultural events.

The Roscongress Foundation is a socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of nationwide and international conventions; exhibitions; and business, public, youth, sporting, and cultural events. It was established in pursuance of a decision by the President of the Russian Federation.

The Foundation was established in 2007 with the aim of facilitating the development of Russia’s economic potential, promoting its national interests, and strengthening the country’s image. One of the roles of the Foundation is to comprehensively evaluate, analyse, and cover issues on the Russian and global economic agendas. It also offers administrative services, provides promotional support for business projects and attracting investment, helps foster social entrepreneurship and charitable initiatives.

Each year, the Foundation’s events draw participants from 208 countries and territories, with more than 15,000 media representatives working on-site at Roscongress’ various venues. The Foundation benefits from analytical and professional expertise provided by 5,000 people working in Russia and abroad.

The Foundation works alongside various UN departments and other international organizations, and is building multi-format cooperation with 173 economic partners, including industrialists’ and entrepreneurs’ unions, financial, trade, and business associations from 78 countries worldwide, and 179 Russian public organizations, federal and legislative agencies, and federal subjects.

The Roscongress Foundation has Telegram channels in Russian t.me/Roscongress, English – t.me/RoscongressDirect, and Spanish t.me/RoscongressEsp. Official website and Information and Analytical System of the Roscongress Foundation: roscongress.org.

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Online Conference «COVID-19: Accelerating a better energy future for all» will start on 17 June 2020, 13:00–14:30 (Moscow time) / 11:00-12.30 (BST) .

The Conference will be the first in a series of ‘Road to Congress 2022’ online events held twice a year under the brand of the 25th World Energy Congress, to be held in St. Petersburg on October 24-27, 2022.

Organizers: the Roscongress Foundation and the World Energy Council.

The event will be broadcast live on Russia 24 and Bloomberg Live Go (Bloomberg Terminal subscribers only). A live stream of the conference will be available on the 25th World Energy Congress website and on its dedicated YouTube channel. With media support of Energy Policy Magazine.


  • Alexander Novak, Minister of Energy of the Russian Federation
  • Dr Angela Wilkinson, Secretary General and CEO of the World Energy Council
  • Pavel Levinsky, CEO, Rosseti
  • Helima Croft, Managing Director and Global Head of Commodity Strategy, Global Research, RBC Capital Markets
  • Dr. Leonhard Birnbaum, Member of the Management Board, E.ON, CEO, Innogy

Conference moderator:

Sergey Brilev, Deputy Director, TV Channel «Rossiya»; President, Global Energy Association

Discussion topics

The COVID-crisis situation is a potential gamechanger. Discussions of a return to ‘normal’ and the prospect of an emerging ‘new normal’ are underway. The pandemic has already dramatically influenced the balance of supply and demand in energy markets and highlighted an increasing focus on new digital operating models as well as immediate improvement in urban air quality. Energy organizations are successfully demonstrating their resilience to keep the lights on for people around the world, however the crisis has the potential to trigger a perfect storm of conditions favourable to bankruptcy across the energy sector.

To help energy organizations prepare for what comes next, the World Energy Council is convening its global community to facilitate a deeper exchange of energy systems expertise and has identified a set of post-crisis scenarios. While it is not possible to predict the future, by using plausible and alternative scenarios it is possible to engage diverse perspectives, to make sense of the chaos, and to explore and rehearse new pathways for progressing a shared and compelling vision of successful global energy transition.

  • What might the post-crisis ‘new normal’ look like?
  • How will the energy industry adapt?
  • Can the global energy transition be kept on track?
  • What are the expectations on the COVID crisis legacy and climate change policies impact?
  • How strongly will the pandemic and isolation affect international collaboration, value chains and global trade?
  • Will funding of energy transition, e.g. renewable energy, clean hydrogen and other programmes continue in the face of uncertainty?
  • How to strengthen the whole system resilience considering the risks of recurrence of such pandemics in the future?

Supported by The Global Energy Assosiation and OJSC Rosseti